Hardware strikes back
Boom in hardware startups hits Techstars Boston
EcoVent is the maker of a more efficient heating and cooling vent.

Techstars, a program for assisting and investing in technology startups, is generally thought of as the most prestigious program of its kind in Boston. But from the launch of Techstars Boston in 2009 until this year, the accelerator program had almost exclusively accepted startups in the software arena.

For the 2014 class, a major shift occurred: Out of a dozen startups, three are developing hardware devices and one is in a related space, with software to let physical devices communicate with each other over the Internet.

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Help Wanted: Boston looking to fill new position of Chief Digital Officer
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the city will be hiring a Chief Digital Officer in a bid to boost its innovation edge. Speaking at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s annual Government Affairs Forum, the mayor said the position "will reimagine and integrate the city’s public interfaces, including the City of Boston website, TV station, and social media presence." Read More
Unique Money Model
Upstart keeps innovating lending models to finance the young and ambitious
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Palo Alto-based Upstart, a non-traditional loan company that uses a borrower's future earnings potential as a metric for qualification, launched a new traditional loan product last Wednesday.  Only a couple years old, the company already made an impact on the lives of young entrepreneurs with its innovative loan products. Read More
Tech tiff
It's Akamai versus the rest of the tech industry in US Supreme Court patent case
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In a case closely watched by the high-tech and life sciences industries, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a long-running patent dispute between Web content delivery firm Akamai Technologies Inc. of Cambridge and rival Limelight Networks Inc. of Arizona.

The case has pitted Akamai against a coalition of tech industry power players, led by Google Inc., who are supporting Limelight amid a fear that a win for Akamai would lead to a surge in frivolous patent lawsuits and increase their legal costs.

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Just browsing
Mobile commerce powers virtual window-shopping
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By Philip Rooke The latest trend in shopping is virtual window-shopping as the world of bricks and clicks merges. It is ironic- windows as software can power the browsing experience via tablet or mobile device as contrasted to the traditional meaning of window shopping- glancing at shop windows on street front. This integral phase of the shopping process usually takes place during "down time" cycles like commuting, waiting in line, or while watching television. Read More
Tech Lobby
FWD.us, Mark Zuckerberg's immigration reform group, hosts first standalone Boston event
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FWD.us, the immigration reform non-profit started by Mark Zuckerberg, LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman and a host of other Silicon Valley heavyweights, will be hosting its first event in Boston tomorrow evening, a discussion entitled "The Future of Talent." Read More